Year of Mercy
On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11, 2015, Pope Francis declared that beginning with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015, and ending with the Liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King on November 20, 2016, the Church will celebrate an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy! This means that, for this year, the Church will take special care to reflect on the Father’s Mercy for each one of us as shown to us through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Here at St. Mary’s Parish, we are delighted to celebrate this Year of Mercy and take every effort to enter into our Pope’s call to “gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives.” We will do this in many ways; through speakers, retreats, service, and more, we will take the time to learn about God’s mercy, experience it in our lives, and share that merciful love with others. Below, you will find information and dates for these events as well as quotes, resources, and more to help you on this year of mercy. Continue to check back often for details about the year of mercy here at St. Mary’s.
“Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him.”
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May 28: “Feed My Starving Children” Mobile Packing Site
Feed My Starving Children is an organization which packs meals to send to those in need around the world. Join us this May in two shifts as St. Mary’s becomes a packing site to send meals to those in need!
May 29: Corpus Christi Eucharistic Celebration and Procession
On the feast of Corpus Christi, we will once again have a Eucharist Procession celebrating the Body and Blood of our Lord!
June 21: Remembering God’s Mercy and Healing of Memories
On Tuesday, June 21st at 7pm, Dawn Eden will be speaking on how to have our memories healed. For various reasons, many of us have wounds in our past, and Dawn’s presentation will be a special time of talking about how to be healed of those things.
September 17th: Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers Speaking
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, a dynamic Catholic speaker and radio host, will be with us on Saturday, September 17th!
December 3rd: Scott Hahn Speaking
Scott Hahn, one of the leading Catholic theologians in America and the world, will be here on Saturday, December 3rd. Don’t miss this!
For events happening specifically for youth in Religious Education ages, check back on the bulletin and parish website throughout the year. For those in Grades 6-12, click here to go to the Youth Ministry Page on the website! If you are a Young Adult, click here for information about Young Adult Events!
PRIEST TALK SERIES
Each month during this Jubilee Year of Mercy our Parish Priests will be giving a talk reflecting on the Year of Mercy and various topics related to God the Father’s Mercy. Join us monthly for these free events to enter into the Year of Mercy, reflect more deeply on what God’s mercy really means, and learn more about our faith. See below for the dates and times, who is speaking, and what they will be speaking about.
You can see videos for the talks which have already happened above and details of upcoming talks below!
Fr. Caliente’s talk, previously scheduled for Monday, May 23rd, will be postponed. More information will come soon.
Mark your calendars, as well, for the following dates:
Monday, May 23rd, 7-8:30pm– POSTPONED more information TBD
- Saturday, June 25th, 2:30-4:00pm
- Friday, July 22nd, 6:30-8:00pm
- Saturday, August 20th, 2:30-4:00pm
- Friday, September 30th, 6:30-8:00pm
- Friday, October 21st, 6:30-8:00pm
- Sunday, November 20th, 2:30-4:00pm
There are so many great resources out there to help us in the Jubilee Year, these are a few of them we wanted to share with you. Look back throughout the year for more resources!
MISERICORDIAE VULTUS – POPE FRANCIS’ LETTER TO BEGIN THIS HOLY YEAR
Click here to find the full text of Pope Francis’ letter beginning the Holy Year of Mercy, where he reflects on what mercy means in our lives and what it means at this time in the life of the Church.
YEAR OF MERCY WEBSITE AND BLOG
USCCB WEBSITE FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY
JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY WEBSITE
DIOCESE OF ROCKFORD WEBSITE
Click here to go to the Diocesan page, see what is on there, and begin sharing the way God is doing merciful things in your life this year!
WORKS OF MERCY
Perhaps the best way to enter into this year is to practice the works of mercy in our daily lives. There are two main kinds of works of mercy, which are the “Corporal Works of Mercy” and the “Spiritual Works of Mercy.”
To learn more about the corporal works of mercy, click here.
For more information on the spiritual works of mercy and how to live them out, click here.
“Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old” (Ps 25:6).